Out of the blue last November, Gayle, a friend of mine who is a wonderful cook, herb expert, and general "foodie", volunteered to teach my children and her 15-year-old daughter to cook using the book I had chosen, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
She and I met at Starbucks earlier this week to work out our plan. We start class on Monday at her house. I'll bring the ingredients. The students will cook from 3 to 5. Then they'll eat what they have prepared and clean up. Gayle also is planning field trips to some of the best Houston produce markets to teach them how to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. The best part of all of this is that she is really excited about doing it.